Argument: Carbon trading wrongly turns atmosphere into tradeable property

Issue Report: Cap-and-trade versus carbon tax

Issue Report: Carbon emissions trading


Rising Tide UK, “The case against carbon trading”, 2002 – “You can’t trade in something unless you own it. When governments and companies “trade” in carbon, they establish de facto property rights over the atmosphere; a commonly held global commons. At no point have these atmospheric property rights been discussed or negotiated – their ownership is established by stealth with every carbon trade.”